‘Brain drain’ worry over region’s student nurses

Estephanie Dunn, Regional Director for the RCN North West Region
Estephanie Dunn, Regional Director for the RCN North West Region
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Fears for the NHS have been raised after 69 per cent of north west nursing students said poor wages would make them consider working abroad.

The finding was announced as a result of a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) North West survey of student members.

The body found that a recent decision to deny NHS staff a small cost of living increase has left future nurses feeling anxious about their finances, and underappreciated by the government.

Estephanie Dunn, regional Director for the RCN said: “NHS Trusts across the region are struggling to recruit and retain nursing staff. And yet, because of the Government’s refusal to pay a cost of living increase for nurses and health care assistants, we now have the very real possibility of seeing many of our current student nurses leaving the country to work abroad.”